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 for petty
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Petty \Pet"ty\ (p[e^]t"t[y^]), a. [Compar. Pettier
     (p[e^]t"t[i^]*[~e]r); superl. Pettiest.] [OE. petit, F.
     petit; probably of Celtic origin, and akin to E. piece. Cf.
     Little; trifling; inconsiderable; unimportant; also,
     inferior; subordinate; as, a petty fault; petty complaints; a
     petty prince. --Denham.
     [1913 Webster]
           Like a petty god
           I walked about, admired of all.          --Milton.
     [1913 Webster]
     Petty averages. See under Average.
     Petty cash, money expended or received in small items or
     Petty officer, a subofficer in the navy, as a gunner, etc.,
        corresponding to a noncommissionned officer in the army.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: For petty constable, petty jury, petty larceny, petty
           treason, See Petit.
           [1913 Webster]
     Syn: Little; diminutive; inconsiderable; inferior; trifling;
          trivial; unimportant; frivolous.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a
             lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate
             functionary" [syn: junior-grade, lower-ranking,
             lowly, petty(a), secondary, subaltern]
      2: (informal) small and of little importance; "a fiddling sum of
         money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian
         compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little
         (or small) matter"; "a dispute over niggling details";
         "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a
         police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it
         seems to be a picayune infraction" [syn: fiddling,
         footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling,
         piffling, petty, picayune, trivial]
      3: contemptibly narrow in outlook; "petty little comments";
         "disgusted with their small-minded pettiness" [syn: petty,
      n 1: larceny of property having a value less than some amount
           (the amount varies by locale) [syn: petit larceny, petty
           larceny, petty] [ant: grand larceny, grand theft]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  176 Moby Thesaurus words for "petty":
     Mickey Mouse, abject, abominable, arrant, atrocious, authoritarian,
     base, beggarly, bickering, bigot, bigoted, borne, captious, casual,
     caviling, cheap, cheesy, choplogic, close, closed, constricted,
     contemptible, cramped, creedbound, crummy, cursory, deaf,
     deaf to reason, debased, deficient, degraded, depraved, depthless,
     despicable, dinky, dirty, disgusting, equivocatory, evasive,
     execrable, fanatical, few, flagrant, footling, foul, fulsome,
     grave, gross, grudging, hairsplitting, hedging, heinous, hidebound,
     illiberal, imperfect, impertinent, inadequate, incompetent,
     inconsequent, inconsequential, inconsiderable, inessential,
     inferior, insignificant, insufficient, insular, irrelevant,
     jerkwater, light, little, little-minded, logic-chopping, low,
     low-down, lumpen, maladroit, mangy, meager, mean, mean-minded,
     mean-spirited, measly, mediocre, mingy, miniature, minor,
     miserable, miserly, monstrous, narrow, narrow-hearted,
     narrow-minded, narrow-souled, narrow-spirited, nearsighted,
     nefarious, negligible, niggardly, niggling, nit-picking,
     no great shakes, not comparable, not in it, nugatory, obnoxious,
     odious, of no account, one-horse, out of it, paltering, paltry,
     parochial, parsimonious, peanut, peddling, pettifogging, picayune,
     picayunish, piddling, piffling, pimping, poky, poor, provincial,
     punk, puny, purblind, pussyfooting, quibbling, rank, reptilian,
     scabby, scrubby, scruffy, scummy, scurvy, shabby, shallow, shoddy,
     shoestring, short, shortsighted, shuffling, skin-deep, slight,
     small, small-beer, small-minded, small-time, squalid, stingy,
     straitlaced, stuffy, superficial, tight, tight-fisted, tinhorn,
     tiny, trichoschistic, trifling, trinal, trivial, two-bit,
     two-by-four, twopenny-halfpenny, uncatholic, uncharitable,
     unchivalrous, unconsidered, ungenerous, unimportant, unliberal,
     unmentionable, unskillful, vile, wretched

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